The Pupil Premium is an allowance allocated to schools for children of school age who are eligible for free school meals, to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months (LAC) and to children whose parents serve in the armed forces.
At Weald we receive the Pupil Premium for each pupil who is eligible for free school meals. In the year 2013-14, this amount was £900 per pupil; in 2014-15, it was £1300 per pupil and in 2015-16, the allocation rose to £1320 per pupil where it has remained. At Weald we have very small numbers of pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium. The school’s total allocation of Pupil Premium funds for 2017-18 was £7,920. For looked after children (LAC), the school received £2300 per pupil.
For details on the 2018-19 conditions of the Pupil Premium grant click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-conditions-of-grant-2018-to-2019/pupil-premium-2018-to-2019-conditions-of-grant
Consequently, for the period April 2018 to March 2019, the school is scheduled to receive a total of £10,220, of which £2300 is attributable to LAC children.
At Weald, we aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. We recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. In allocating Pupil Premium funding, our objective will be to ensure the most effective allocation of all resources available to ensure the best outcomes.
The Pupil Premium funding will be aimed at accelerating progress and moving children to at least age related expectations in English and Maths.
The range of provision for this group may include:
- Providing resources for individuals or small group support: reading books; assessment materials
- One to one support from an experienced teacher/SENco
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained TAs, peer mentors, external agencies
- Funding opportunities for enrichment; for example, workshops; extra-curricular provision and residential trips
- Targeting able children on free school meals to achieve ‘exceeding’ in core areas of the curriculum
It is the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, to produce regular reports for the Governor’s Learning and Development Team on:
- The progress made by narrowing the gap, by year group, for pupils in receipt of free school meals and socially disadvantaged pupils
- An outline of provision made since the last meeting
- An evaluation of the cost effectiveness in terms of the progress made by the pupils
- Governors will ensure there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used.
Impact of Pupil Premium: where possible the difference to the attainment of Pupil Premium children is quantified. Impact is also evaluated (using subjective criteria) through the professional judgement of members of staff; for example, developments in confidence; self-belief; emotional intelligence; inter-personal skills and resilience.